Thursday, 31 July 2014

Book review: Angel Astrology 101 by Doreen Virtue & Yasmin Boland

Publisher: Hay House
Publication Date: 13 March 2014
Genre: Spirituality
Source: NetGalley / Publisher (In exchange for an honest Review)
Audio or Book: eBook
Length: 288 pages



Overview:
Learn about the archangels who work with your birth chart in Doreen Virtue’s Angel Astrology 101. Co-authored by the widely published astrologist and Angel Therapist Yasmin Boland, this is the first book to combine angelology and astrology. The 12 beautifully illustrated and easy-to-understand chapters describe the personality characteristics of each of the sun, moon, and rising signs, as well as which archangels to call upon in association with them. Angel Astrology 101 is perfect for anyone who is new to these subjects—but it also offers plenty of fresh insights and material for those who have long worked with either astrology or the angels.



When I saw this book it grabbed my attention for so many reasons... I love angels, I love astrology and that is a gorgeous cover *cover junkie moment*!

This is a very colourful book with an awesome layout and stunning pictures throughout the book. It took me a while to get into it but only because I needed to find my chart so I could read the relevant sections which it made it that much more interesting. I enjoyed the small things about the books as well like how they included the star constellation and each Angel's specialties. 

Angel Astrology 101 is a very interesting read. Personally I would prefer this in paperback so that I can refer to it when I need to. It can be read from cover to cover but I think it is more interesting when you can apply it to something or someone you know. 

Final Thoughts: This is a beautiful book and it will probably end up on my bookshelf!

My Rating:




Love

Chanzie

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

~ MWYA 1 Year Blogoversary ~



Hello everyone!!

Wow can you believe it... where has the time gone *cheers* What an amazing year it has been!! I have connected with readers and authors all over the world and made some great friends along the way!!!


~ You want to know the stats ~

I have had:
- over 47000 pages views in 1 year!
- over 2800 published comments
- 259 published posts (Including this one)
- 96 book reviews
- 110 different countries have visited my blog!


To celebrate this milestone I think we should have a giveaway to say thank you for all the visits, comments and book love!!











Top Ten Tuesday #15 Authors I have the most books from




Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by the girls over at The Broke and the Bookish, where bloggers get together and list the top ten things related to that week's topic.


Hello Everyone!! I know it has been ages since I participated in a Top Ten Tuesday. Everything about blogging became a bit overwhelming and I needed to take a step.. I have been following the topics though :) 

~ Top Ten Authors I own the most books from ~

1 - Cassandra Clare (TMI + TID)
Yes I own them all and have read The Infernal Devices + City of Bones!



2 - Rachel Cain ~ The Weather Warden Series
<3 I loved this series! From book 1 all the way through to book 9 <3



3 -JK Rowling - Harry Potter
Of course I have this one!!!



4 - LJ Smith - The Vampire Diaries
Ok to be honest I only loved the first 7 books where it was LJ Smith writing, the prequels were OK and I an yet to read the last 3. I probably will just to get my Damon fox!




5 - Lauren Kate - Fallen 
I loved this series, I am yet to get the teardrop books. You either loves these or you don't!



6 -Richelle Mead - VA & Bloodlines
I have all of them except Fiery Heart and Silver shadows!!




7 - Colleen Gleason (Gardella Vampire Chronicles & Regency Draculia)
I loved the Gardella Vampire Chronicles!! I am yet to read the regency Draculia - but I have only recently managed to find all the books. 




8 - Stephanie Meyer
Yes yes I know - but you know what.. I don't really mind because it was twilight that got me back into reading after my studies. The Host book was great but the movie sucked!



9 - Doreen Virtue
What can I say... I love to read about angels




10 - Dan Brown

I love a good suspense mystery!!!



Who do you have the most books from?


Love

Chanzie


Monday, 28 July 2014

Book Review: Nightshade (Nightshade #1) by Andrea Cremer

Series: Nightshade #1
Publisher: Philomel
Publication Date: 01 January 2010
Genre: Paranormal Romance
Source: Purchased
Audio or Book: Paperback
Length: 452 pages



Overview:
Calla Tor has always known her destiny: After graduating from the Mountain School, she'll be the mate of sexy alpha wolf Ren Laroche and fight with him, side by side, ruling their pack and guarding sacred sites for the Keepers. But when she violates her masters' laws by saving a beautiful human boy out for a hike, Calla begins to question her fate, her existence, and the very essence of the world she has known. By following her heart, she might lose everything- including her own life. Is forbidden love worth the ultimate sacrifice?


Fan-made Book Trailer

I thought this one was much better than the official penguin trailer, which just seemed a bit boring. 





Nightshade is one of those books I picked up on sale (at Bargain Books - Buy 3 for R99) and have been on my bookshelf for about 2 years! I didn't really  have any expectations going into the book after it won my book of the month poll for July. If you haven't voted for August... Go vote now.. please :). 



Initially I sighed thinking.. Another werewolf book. I have read quite a few of them lately, but boy was I wrong! This was not just another werewolf book, it was a werewolf book with many twists! Take your werewolves and throw in a mix of magic! What made it even more fun is that Niki from The Obsessive Bookseller joined in and made it a read-a-long!



Nightshade kicks off with an intense opening scene that just throws you into the thick of things. I could already tell it was werewolves with a difference, there blood heals humans and Calla has had an arranged marriage since birth. There are quite a few layers to the story which definitely kept it interesting!


Characters & Story line: 5/5

Andrea creates all types of characters in Nightshade. The ones you love that creep into your heart and stick like glue, the ones who just creep you out and ooze evil, and the ones that just plain annoy you! Yes Nightshade also has a love triangle... but there are lots of other elements that come into play that make it interesting.



Calla - Calla is not your typical heroine. She is actually more of an anti-heroine (in my opinion) but will do anything to protect her pack. Calla is your grungy kick ass warrior, not your finesse princess that some people want her to be. Since the day she was born she was arranged to marry Ren. Then she saves Shay from a bear attack (this all happens within the first two chapters so this is not a spoiler) and everything changes for her. I do think that Andrea kept all the love angels interesting. All in all Calla is a great main character!


Ansel - Ansel is Calla's younger brother and I loved him immediately! His protectiveness towards Calla even though he is the younger one is adorable. There is just something so pure and sweet about him that I just wanted to eat him up! 



Ren - Ren Ren Ren *sigh* as much as I like Shay I am total Team Ren!!! Yes - he comes across as a womanizer and all that but there is something underneath it all that just appeals to me. He has such a tenderness for Calla that he covers up because he is an alpha but it creeps through when they are alone! I think Ren was made to break the rules even though they have been drilled into all of them from birth. I really hope to see more of him in Wolfsbane and Bloodrose!!



Shay - Shay is a great character. He challenges Calla and isn't scared to fight for want he wants (within limits). I knew from the beginning that there was some twists coming when it comes to Shay but I still have a few unanswered questions. I can see why everybody loves Shay but unfortunately in the Ren versus Shay battle.. you know who I choose!



Fey & Sabine - There are always characters that get on your nerves and for me, it's these two!! Just thought I'd put my two cents in there... 



The pack - The pack is great and I enjoyed seeing the Nightshades and Banes trying to gel together and make it work before the Calla and Ren union. There are few more characters that add flavour to the story but I will let you meet them on your own!

Plot, Pace, Writing style: 4/5  

Nightshade catches your attention from page 1. I was not 100% hooked from page 1 but was extremely interested and drawn into the story slowly. The chapters were nice lengths, I don't know if it's just me but long chapters make the book feel a bit drawn out. These ones were just perfect, not too short and not too long. 

The plot is unique and the writing style is easy to follow. The pace is perfect! So Nightshade does end on quite a big cliffhanger... Thank goodness I already picked up Wolfsbane a few days ago so that I can just dive straight into the next book!!


Cover talk: 4/5 
I really liked the cover and it is what made me grab the book in the first place. 

Final Thoughts: 
Nightshade is an unexpected enjoyable completely unique read! It has a refreshing take on werewolves without losing any of the magic and adding plenty of excitement!

My Rating:

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Author Bio:
Andrea Cremer is the author of the internationally bestselling Nightshade series. She spent her childhood daydreaming and roaming the forests and lakeshores of Northern Wisconsin. 

Andrea has always loved writing and has never stopped writing, but she only recently plunged into the deep end of the pool that is professional writing. Before she wrote her first novel, Andrea was a history professor at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. In her books, she strives to bring together her two passions: history and fantasy. Andrea now lives in New York and writes full time.

Author Links: Goodreads l website l twitter







Love

Chanzie